PERSONA NON GRATA: someone who is not welcome

persona non grata

It may be hard to believe that the talented Gloria Estefanwas declared an  “undesirable”  by a nation.   Her talent and beauty are sought after throughout the world. But the Cuban native was told by the government of Cuba that she was a persona non grata because of what they perceived to be political views that […]

CONTRABAND [KON-truh-band]: illegal or prohibited trade; smuggling


When I used to go in and out of prisons or lockups and had to empty my pockets, be frisked, and walked through a detection device, I was pretty sure that it was the only time this would happen to me.  Little did I know how frequently it would happen in my future. It’s impossible […]